Post-primary schools in Louth are being invited to join a new Irish language initiative – Spraoi’23 – which is aimed at cultivating a love of the Irish language, by engaging students in activities through the medium of Irish. The initiative is being run by Education and Training Boards Ireland, in conjunction with An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta.
Spraoi’23 invites schools to partake in a range of different competition categories from blogging and rapping to art design and the creation of new seanfhocal. The programme is open to all students in post-primary schools across the country, not just those under ETB patronage. The programme also welcomes engagement from both students in Irish-medium and English-medium schools, with each category carrying prizes for both Irish-medium and English-medium entries.
“Through this inclusive approach of offering opportunity to all learners to participate, not just within the ETB sector, we feel that it will be a positive step forward in promoting a love of An Ghaeilge,” said ETBI General Secretary Paddy Lavelle. “SPRAOI’23 will complement the excellent teaching that goes on in our ETB schools and indeed all schools across the country. Students will be enthused by the vast range of creative and fun competitions afforded to them and should hugely benefit from them.”
Gean Gilger, Educational Policy and Development Officer in Education and Training Boards Ireland and coordinator of the ETBI Spraoi’23 programme has designed a programme that aims to inspire the creativity and participation of students.
“We wanted to include competitions that were fun for all, with the potential for solo or group participation and mindful of all learners’ level and ability,” said Gean. “While there are opportunities for rapping, creation of new seanfhocal and celebration of the traditional arts through Agallamh Beirte and Lúibíní competition, we are particularly excited about Cumarsáid le Cairde which will see our Irish-medium schools connect with another school and engage in a number of activities under the supervision of their teachers”.
Spraoi’23 will run through to the end of April with a celebratory prize-giving ceremony in May. All information can be found at https://events.etbi.ie/SPRAOI23